Suzuki will launch the new Swift in Ireland in June, a car that was Ireland’s Car of the Year back in 2005 when it was first to be had. This was a first for the brand in the history of the competition and now Suzuki has a new version that has many of the hallmarks of the original car with a number of very important changes.
Launched in Derbyshire last week, there was a similar reaction to the first model but, with a lot more to talk about this time round. There are new engines, more space inside and especially in the boot and a wide selection of what we have come to expect in terms of technology and connectivity.
There will be two engines available but, there is only one really worth thinking about. This is not just my opinion; it was also the view of everyone after our first drive in the new car. Available in three trim levels – SZ3, SZ-T and SZ5 – they are offering a 90PS 1.2-litre four cylinder Dualjet engine offers CO2 emissions of 98g/km and a 111PS 1.0-litre three cylinder Boosterjet turbo engine offers CO2 emissions of 104g/km. You can also have the Boosterjet engine with Suzuki’s SHVS mild hybrid system (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) with CO2 emissions of 97g/km.
However, there is one stand-out model; the 1.0-lite Boosterjet. It outshines the 1.2 by a mile and should be the first on the shopping list if you are sweet on the Swift. It is livelier, with more torque (170Nm) and delivers a far better driving experience. To be fair, the 1.2 is alright but not in the same league as the 1.0-litre for drivability and sheer fun.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.